Tailwinds’ Take: It’s all about 2018 and the guidance was quite strong. With KanKan expected to contribute a minimum of $30M in revenue, the sum of the parts valuation for MARK continues to suggest it’s dramatically undervalued. KanKan alone should be worth $300M on a 10X revenue multiple for a fast growing, early-stage Artificial Intelligence platform. Once their debt issue is behind them, the stock could really move.
LAS VEGAS, NV – November 13, 2017 – Remark Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: MARK), a global technology company, reported its financial results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2017.
Kai-Shing Tao, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, stated, “I am proud to announce record revenue growth for the third quarter. We began development on our proprietary KanKan Data Intelligence Platform almost four years ago and have now become a leader in the Artificial Intelligence field. Due to our accomplishments in AI, Remark is currently beginning to reap the rewards. We are well positioned to enter into the next phase of hyper-growth.”
“By leveraging our AI competitive advantages, we have established meaningful partnerships with global corporations like Acxiom and Sina Weibo. Acxiom, one of the world’s largest data service companies, has selected the KanKan AI Platform to provide data-rich, actionable intelligence and targeted solutions for its client base. Meanwhile, Sina Weibo has deployed the KanKan 3D Facial Feature Tracking technology in the recent launch of its 3D augmented reality mobile app with the goal of driving sales by vastly enriching the shopping experience. The app uses our industry leading 110-dot 3D Facial Feature Tracking to provide Sina Weibo’s users the most accurate and interactive 3D AR experience possible.”
Mr. Tao continued, “Additionally, we have entered into two important contracts for our KanKan AI Platform. First, Sefon, a leading solution provider, has awarded a multi-million-dollar contract to KanKan that utilizes our powerful computer Object Recognition technology to combat intellectual property piracy. This technology can automatically tag and index live and archived video content via real time object recognition. Second, the China Food and Drug Administration will deploy KanKan’s Facial Feature Tracking and Object Recognition technology to ensure restaurant industry compliance with food safety regulations. Initially, it will be rolled out in Shanghai and subsequently expanding to other cities to target the approximately eight million restaurants throughout China.”
“As a result of our positive business momentum and strong sales pipeline, we are currently expecting upwards of $100 million in 2018 consolidated revenue, to which KanKan’s AI Platform will contribute over $30 million in net revenue. We view this as only the beginning,” concluded Mr. Tao.
Three-Month and Nine-Month Financial Results
Net revenue for the quarter was $19.4 million, a 28% increase year-over-year. Meanwhile, year-to-date net revenue was $52 million, a 17% increase year-over-year.
The company’s quarterly and year-to-date financial results include Fanstang, which the company acquired in September 2016 and which was only a nominal part of the company’s financial results for the same periods of 2016.
Three Months Ended September 30th: 2017 Compared to 2016
- Net revenue was $19.4 million, compared to $15.1 million.
- Total cost and expense was $25.4 million, compared to $19.3 million.
- Operating loss was $5.9 million, compared to $4.2 million.
- Net loss was $13.3 million, or $0.58 per diluted share, compared to $15.3 million, or $0.75 per diluted share.
- At September 30, 2017, the cash and cash equivalents balance was $16.0 million, and total restricted cash was $11.7 million, bringing the total combined cash position to $27.6 million, compared to a total combined cash position of $18.5 million at December 31, 2016.
Nine Months Ended September 30th: 2017 Compared to 2016
- Net revenue was $52.0 million, compared to $44.4 million.
- Total cost and expense was $68.0 million, compared to $57.2 million.
- Operating loss was $16.0 million, compared to $12.9 million.
- Net loss was $17.6 million, or $0.77 per diluted share, compared to $23.1 million, or $1.15 per diluted share.
Limited Financial Guidance
As noted by Mr. Tao, the company provided some limited guidance regarding certain revenue and EBITDA expectations.
For 2018, company management expects to generate consolidated net revenue in excess of $100 million. Kankan’s Artificial Intelligence Platform will be the primary driver of the growth as its revenue rapidly increases. For the year ended December 31, 2018, company management expects KanKan to generate more than $30 million in net revenue, representing approximately a quintupling of the amount of expected revenue during 2017.
Remark Holdings management also indicated it expects its travel & entertainment segment to generate gross revenue of more than $325 million and net revenue between approximately $65 million to $75 million, with an EBITDA margin approximating 10% to 13% of net revenue, during 2018.
Conference Call Information
Mr. Tao and Remark Holdings’ CFO Douglas Osrow will hold a conference call today (November 13, 2017) at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time (1:30 p.m. Pacific Time) to discuss the company’s financial results. A question and answer session will follow management’s presentation.
Toll-Free Number: 1-866-564-2842
International Number: 1-323-794-2094
Conference ID: 6593857
Please call the conference telephone number 10 minutes prior to the start time. An operator will register your name and organization. If you have any difficulty connecting with the conference call, please contact Liolios Group at 949-574-3860.
The conference call will be broadcast simultaneously and available for replay via the investor section of the company’s website here.
A replay of the call will be available after 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time through November 17, 2017.
Toll-Free Replay Number: 1-844-512-2921
International Replay Number: 1-412-317-6671
Replay ID: 6593857
About Remark Holdings, Inc.
Remark Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: MARK) primarily focuses on the development and deployment of artificial-intelligence-based solutions for businesses and software developers in many industries and geographies. Additionally, the company owns and operates digital media properties that deliver relevant, dynamic content. The company is headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada, with additional operations in Los Angeles, California and in Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu and Hangzhou, China. For more information, please visit the company’s website at www.remarkholdings.com.
This press release may contain forward-looking statements, including information relating to future events, future financial performance, strategies, expectations, competitive environment and regulation. Words such as “may,” “should,” “could,” “would,” “predicts,” “potential,” “continue,” “expects,” “anticipates,” “future,” “intends,” “plans,” “believes,” “estimates,” and similar expressions, as well as statements in future tense, identify forward-looking statements. These statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, including those discussed in Part I, Item 1A. Risk Factors in Remark Holdings’ Annual Report on Form 10-K and Remark Holdings’ other filings with the SEC. Any forward-looking statements reflect Remark Holdings’ current views with respect to future events, are based on assumptions and are subject to risks and uncertainties. Given such uncertainties, you should not place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements, which represent Remark Holdings’ estimates and assumptions only as of the date hereof. Except as required by law, Remark Holdings undertakes no obligation to update or revise publicly any forward-looking statements after the date hereof, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
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REMARK HOLDINGS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)
|September 30, 2017||December 31, 2016|
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||15,970||$||6,893|
|Trade accounts receivable||1,050||1,372|
|Prepaid expense and other current assets||4,828||3,323|
|Notes receivable, current||190||181|
|Assets held for sale||404||—|
|Total current assets||34,112||21,174|
|Property and equipment, net||14,036||15,531|
|Investment in unconsolidated affiliate||1,030||1,030|
|Other long-term assets||544||1,355|
|Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity|
|Accrued expense and other current liabilities||14,810||13,965|
|Deferred merchant booking||9,990||6,991|
|Current maturities of long-term debt, net of debt issuance cost||37,896||100|
|Capital lease obligations||—||179|
|Total current liabilities||92,323||41,853|
|Long-term debt, less current portion and net of debt issuance cost||—||37,825|
|Commitments and contingencies|
|Preferred stock, $0.001 par value; 1,000,000 shares authorized; none issued||—||—|
|Common stock, $0.001 par value; 100,000,000 shares authorized; 25,301,842 and 22,232,004 shares issued and outstanding; each at September 30, 2017 and December 31, 2016, respectively||25||22|
|Accumulated other comprehensive loss||4||(16||)|
|Total stockholders’ equity (deficit)||(9,422||)||(2,600||)|
|Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity||$||109,746||$||105,699|
REMARK HOLDINGS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Consolidated Statements of Operations
(dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)
|Three Months Ended September 30,||Nine Months Ended September 30,|
|Cost and expense|
|Cost of revenue (excluding depreciation and amortization)||5,641||2,864||12,270||7,837|
|Sales and marketing||6,326||4,887||17,975||15,349|
|Technology and development||865||1,066||2,657||1,904|
|General and administrative||9,971||7,921||26,656||24,251|
|Depreciation and amortization||2,510||2,525||8,265||7,401|
|Other operating expense||66||77||168||506|
|Total cost and expense||25,379||19,340||67,991||57,248|
|Other income (expense)|
|Other income, net||—||(1||)||20||29|
|Change in fair value of warrant liability||(5,978||)||(647||)||2,351||2,691|
|Total other income, net||(7,091||)||(1,905||)||(993||)||(1,033||)|
|Income (loss) before income taxes||(13,021||)||(6,103||)||(16,980||)||(13,910||)|
|Provision for income taxes||(229||)||—||(603||)||—|
|Weighted-average shares outstanding, basic and diluted||22,811||20,359||22,744||20,104|
|Net loss per share, basic and diluted||(0.58||)||(0.75||)||(0.77||)||(1.15||)|
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